Thursday, 25 February 2016 06:29

LABOUR vote with tories against care workers living wage and atainment fund

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 Labour MSPs have faced criticism for joining with the Tories in voting against a Living Wage for care workers and increased investment in tackling the attainment gap, in the Scottish Parliament today.

 At Stage 3 of the Budget Bill today, Labour MSPs voted against the Scottish Government package – which will deliver an additional £80 million of funding to raise attainment in education, provide funding to local authorities to pay the Living Wage to care workers and deliver record funding for Scotland’s NHS.

 Commenting, SNP MSP Mark McDonald said:

 “This is a budget which delivers funding for councils to deliver the Living Wage to care workers and invests even more in tackling the attainment gap between rich and poor in our schools – and the idea that Labour MSPs would join with the Tories to vote against these progressive measures simply beggars belief.

 “With thousands of care workers and children from deprived backgrounds in communities across the country set to benefit from this Budget – every single Labour MSP who voted against will have to answer to their constituents for their decision.

 “It’s clear that Labour aren’t remotely interested in doing what’s best for Scotland – they’re far more concerned with launching failing party political attacks against the SNP and trumpeting their unworkable, bag of a fag packet policies which they have absolutely no intention of delivering.

 “In contrast, the SNP in government is getting on with the job of delivering for Scotland – with a budget protecting public services in the face of Tory austerity, making our country fairer by tackling the attainment gap, and delivering a pay-rise for low-paid workers rather than a tax-rise.

 “With the election just weeks away, this is a Budget the SNP can be proud to stand on – and Labour will have to explain their decision to once again stand side by side with the Tories.”